Weight-loss surgery can help you successfully reach a healthier weight and reduce your risk of developing health complications associated with obesity. In addition, surgical weight loss may also provide significant health benefits and allow you to:
- Feel better
- Have more energy
- Reduce your cholesterol levels
- Improve or resolve type 2 diabetes:
- American Diabetes Association’s new recommendations for Bariatric Surgery as a Treatment Option for Type 2 Diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) agree that bariatric surgery can improve outcomes for some patients with diabetes.
- The ADA-EASD Organizations jointly released a report with recommendations for controlling hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. They determined that metabolic bariatric surgery can reduce complications from type 2 diabetes including improved blood-sugar regulation and a better quality of life.
- Many advancements in the treatment of diabetes have improved outcomes, however given the complexity of diabetes, without the proper care and support systems, the complications of poor blood glucose control are progressive and can be devastating.
- Decrease your risk of heart disease, stroke, fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis and gastroesophageal reflux
- Improve your breathing and mobility
Your weight is determined by some factors you can control, including environment, metabolism and lifestyle habits. Others you cannot control, such as genetics.
By taking a proactive approach to weight loss, you can lower your long-term disease risk and live a longer, healthier life.
Dr. Andrade is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Program at Hialeah Hospital.